Students at Meredith learn to see the world much differently as a result of their educational experience. Through opportunities to study abroad, an increasingly diverse student population that includes students from around the globe, and an active faculty exchange program, Meredith students are being prepared to engage in a world that grows smaller by the day, thanks to dramatic advances in technology. More than a third of Meredith students study abroad at some point in their college career—and, like Kellie Deaton, return home changed forever by the experience. After her first experience traveling overseas, Deaton changed her major to Spanish, worked in the foreign language office and language lab, and enjoyed another study abroad experience. And, she hopes to gain employment overseas after graduation.
"As a freshman, I went on a mission trip to Mexico for spring break. It was my first time abroad, and it made a huge impact. I changed my major to Spanish, and studied abroad in Spain for a semester. I also went to Costa Rica for seven weeks. As part of the teaching program, we have to develop a philosophy of education. My philosophy has changed from educating students about speaking Spanish, to teaching them how to succeed in a world where everyone is different."
"Before I studied abroad, I had a very North Carolina-specific lens. I didn't have a grasp of the big picture, even of the United States. After spending time abroad—reading newspapers, meeting other people—I had a better sense of how I interact with the world. It has completely changed how I approach everything. Study abroad ends when you graduate, but if you develop a sense of yourself as a global citizen it never ends. It changes the way you live." -Kellie Deaton, '10